The school rally was borrowed from St. Joseph’s institution in Singapore, having been composed by Br. Marcian James Cullen (1868 – 1938); an Irish La Salle Brother who taught there. He adapted the school rally from an old Irish song called “O’Donnell Abu” which means “O’Donnell to victory”. This folk song was written by Michael Joseph McCann in 1843 to glorify a famous Irish war lord in the 16th century called Red Hugh O’Donnell who fought against the British in the Nine Years War.
Below is the “O’Donnell Abu-Makem & Clancy” song version.